This new series features three films that highlight Jewish holiday values in action. A brief talk-back will follow each screening.
January 23: Tu B’Shevat - Before the Flood (2016, 96 minutes)
Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker, Fisher Stevens, and Academy Award-Winning Actor, environmental activist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, present a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as what actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
February 13: Jewish Disability Awareness Month – Voices from El Sayed (2009, 75 minutes)
El-Sayed is a picturesque Bedouin village in the Israeli Negev desert. It also has the largest percentage of deaf people in the world. There are no hearing aids because in El-Sayed deafness is not a handicap. What happens when one man decides to change his deaf son’s fate and make him a hearing person using the Cochlear Implant Operation? How do we both embrace who we are and what technology can help us become or achieve?
In partnership with NTID at RIT.
February 27: Purim – Surviving Skokie (2015, 66 minutes)
They survived the horrors of the Holocaust and came to America to put the past behind. For decades they kept their awful memories secret, even from their children. But their silence ended in 1977 when a band of neo-Nazis threatened to march in their quiet village of Skokie, IL “because that is where the Jews are.” This intensely personal story explores one family’s journey from Poland to Skokie, and the lessons of confronting anti-Semitic hate in each generation.